"Many inventions"

In the first chapter of Genesis we read that God created everything and pronounced it by His all-wisdom "good." Then, since God's intelligence is all-inclusive, it must needs follow that He is absolutely ignorant of all the sinful and sick beliefs from which humanity is suffering. If God knew evil, as many suppose, and then destroyed it, He would destroy a part of Himself, for that of which God is conscious constitutes Being, for God is Mind. Mrs. Eddy tells us in "No and Yes" (p. 30): "He [God] need not know the evil He destroys, any more than the legislator need know the criminal who is punished by the law enacted. God's law is in three words, 'I am All;' and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim of another law. God pities our woes with the love of a Father for His child,—not by becoming human, and knowing sin, or naught, but by removing our knowledge of what is not. He could not destroy our woes totally if He possessed any knowledge of them." Mortals are surely egotistical to believe in evil, which the infinite God, the only creator, knows not.

The question may arise, Where do sin, disease, and death come from, if God does not send them and knows them not? The confusion in the thought of mortals upon this topic has been caused by holding in thought the wrong concept of man. It is only the false belief in an existence separated from God, and in a mind capable of germinating such evil, which attracts error to error. Some one has truthfully said, "It is the evil that is within that invites and makes possible the attack from without." If we would only stop a minute, pause from the ways of mortals, and consider the wondrous works of God, pronounced "very good" by the infinite wisdom of Him who is "of purer eyes than to behold evil," we could catch a faint glimpse of man made in the image and likeness of Spirit, God.

The Christian Science Journal
January 13, 1923

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